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May 30, 1936


JAMA. 1936;106(22):1882-1885. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770220018005

The medical profession, in its constant search for added knowledge in the combat of human frailties, finds itself periodically riding waves of interest and enthusiasm on particular subjects of study. In a review of publications over any period of years there is discovered a preponderance of literature on the popular subject of that day.

In orthopedic surgery there is found, over distinctive periods of years, a flux of literature indicative of the then major interests in scoliosis, muscle tendon transplantations, foot stabilizations, low back derangements with their fusions, arthrodesis for tuberculous joints, and open reduction of congenital misplacement of hips. Resulting from these periods of intensive interest, opinions have been well crystallized and subsequent methods of therapy well established as promising most for the ultimate welfare of the patient.

At the present time the popular problems are fractures and bone tumors. The former is intriguing because of the increase in

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